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Hear from more than 150 of the leading voices in real estate and tech. Confirmed speakers include:
Joe Aamidor is an experienced product leader and expert in smart buildings, real estate technology and facility operations. He provides product and market strategy guidance to building owners/operators, established building management firms, technology providers, investors, and early-stage innovators. Previously, he served as Director of Product at Lucid Design Group and was a product manager at Johnson Controls. He is an internationally recognized speaker and a frequent contributor to leading industry publications such as Propmodo, Greentech Media, Built Worlds and CRE Tech. Joe Aamidor graduated from Indiana University’s top-ranked School of Public and Environment Affairs. He also publishes the highly regarded “Smart Building Insight” newsletter.
Andrew is a recovering consultant turned serial entrepreneur, startup mentor and angel investor. He is the Managing Director of Dreamit Urbantech, investing in Proptech and Construction Tech. Andrew has written for Fortune, Forbes, Propmodo, CREtech, Builders Online, Architect Magazine, Multifamily Executive, AlleyWatch, Edsurge, The 74 Million, et. al. Andrew founded two companies and has a keen appreciation for how hard it is to build a successful startup, even under the best of circumstances.
CEO and Co-Founder
Salman Ahmad is the CEO and co-founder of Mosaic, a construction technology company focused on making homebuilding scalable. By standardizing the process (homebuilding) and not the product (homes), Mosaic is delivering places people love and creating better communities. Salman holds a PhD in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from MIT, focusing on Programming Language Design for Service-Oriented Systems, an MS in Computer Science from Stanford University focusing on Human Computer Interaction, and a BSE in Computer Systems Engineering from Arizona State University. He also has 20 technical publications and patents in the areas of software systems, programming languages, machine learning, human-computer interaction, and sensor hardware. With a passion for construction, software, and computer science, Salman co-founded Mosaic to build places people love and make them widely available.
CRO & Co-Founder
Dafna Akiva is a 10+ year veteran in the real estate investment, development, management and construction industries. Before assuming the role of Chief Revenue Officer at Veev, Dafna oversaw day-to-day operations and drove a number of company-scaling initiatives as Chief Operating Officer. Now, as Chief Revenue Officer, Dafna leads the development of new Veev projects that redefine customers’ living experiences, and drive revenue growth for the company’s bottom line. She oversees all real estate acquisitions and operation strategies, the real estate developments and account management, as well as sales, marketing, legal and HR.
CEO & Co-Founder
Min Alexander serves as CEO of PunchListUSA, the real estate platform digitizing home inspections for online ordering of repairs and lifecycle services. For the past decade, Min has been driving digital disruption to democratize real estate. She has led two national B2B2C platforms, field operations and created a top-10 U.S. brokerage, transforming the industry to increase access, quality and transparency.
Prior to joining PunchListUSA, Min served as COO for Auction.com, as CEO and President of REALHome Services and Solutions and as SVP of Real Estate Services at Altisource. Min holds a BA from Duke and MBA from MIT.
CRO & Co-Founder
Carey Armstrong is the co-founder and chief revenue officer of Tomo, a fintech startup that will provide the most customer-centric way to buy a home. Tomo was founded in the fall of 2020, raising an initial seed round of $40 million led by Ribbit Capital, NFX and Zigg Capital.
Carey’s focus is on defining and delivering a delightful home buying experience for Tomo customers. She leads the development of our core transactional product offering as well as the growth and evolution of the business units that support it, including mortgage and brokerage.
Before co-founding Tomo, Carey was Vice President, Premier Agent, at Zillow Group, where she led business strategy, product strategy, and core operations for the $1B buyer services business. In this capacity, she was responsible for major leaps forward with initiatives including Connections, Home Tours, and Flex Select teams.
Prior to Zillow, Carey was a strategy consultant and industry analyst with Boston Consulting Group and Forrester Research, respectively. Carey has a B.A. from Harvard University and an M.B.A. from the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth. She and her family reside in Seattle.
CEO & Founder
Arie is the founder and CEO of WiredScore, the pioneer behind the international WiredScore certification system that evaluates and distinguishes best-in-class Internet connectivity in commercial buildings. Prior to founding WiredScore, Arie worked as a consultant with the Boston Consulting Group in New York City where he focused on the technology and media industries. Arie holds an MBA from the Wharton School and a BA and BS in Business and Political Science from the University of California, Berkeley.
COO & Co-Founder
Demetrios Barnes is the Chief Operating Officer of SmartRent, where he leads the client engagement, supply chain and field operations teams. With over a decade of experience in property management operations, he is passionate about helping owners and operators understand the innovations technology can produce, while forging strong interpersonal relationships and participating in thought leadership discussions. Prior to co-founding SmartRent, he was Vice President of Technology for Colony Starwood Homes, Previously, Mr. Barnes was Director of Property Management and Technology with Beazer Pre-Owned Rental Homes, and a Regional Manager for several multifamily companies. Mr. Barnes holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Arizona State University.
Ryan J. S. Baxter is PropTech Advisor to the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA), Cofounder of the PropTech Challenge, NYC Community Growth Lead for MetaProp NYC, and the founder of PASSNYC. Previously, Ryan served as a Vice President at the Real Estate Board of New York (REBNY). He is a native New Yorker who works passionately to make the City's built environment more educational.
CEO & Co-Founder
Gary is CEO of Roofstock, a leading real estate investment marketplace which he co-founded in 2015. Gary has spent most of his career building businesses in the real estate, hospitality and tech sectors. After earning his BA in economics from Northwestern, Gary ventured west to earn his MBA from Stanford, where he caught the entrepreneurial bug and still serves as a regular guest lecturer. Previously Gary was instrumental in acquiring and integrating more than $800 million of resort properties for KSL Resorts, and spent five years as CFO of online brokerage pioneer ZipRealty, which he led through its successful IPO in 2004. Gary also served as CEO of Joie de Vivre Hospitality, then the second largest boutique hotel management company in the country. Immediately before starting Roofstock, Gary led one of the largest single-family rental platforms in the U.S. through its IPO as co-CEO of Starwood Waypoint Residential Trust, now part of Invitation Homes.
CEO & Managing Member
Olive Tree Holdings
Ian Bel is the Managing Member and CEO of Olive Tree Holdings and its affiliates including Olive Tree Ventures.
Prior to forming Olive Tree, Ian was a principal at One Wall Partners. At One Wall Partners, Ian spearheaded the partnership’s acquisitions and capital raising. During Ian’s tenure, the firm grew to own and manage over 1,000 multi-family apartment units, valued in excess of $50 million, and successfully completed over 130,000 square feet of redevelopment.
Prior to joining One Wall Partners, Ian was an associate at Duval and Stachenfeld, one of the leading real estate law firms in the world. Prior to Duval and Stachenfeld, Ian was an associate at Intersection Partners, LLC, a private investment firm based in Westport, Connecticut. At Intersection, Ian focused on developing highly scalable strategies for aggressive growth industries including health care, renewable energy, education and infrastructure. Before Intersection, Ian was an associate with the Pyramid Investment Properties Group, the investment sales arm of the leading commercial real estate brokerage in upstate New York and an affiliate member of Cushman and Wakefield.
Liza Benson is a Partner with Moderne Ventures and helps lead and manage investment activity with particular focus on high-growth technology companies that can achieve rapid adoption and scale. Moderne Ventures is an early stage investment fund and industry immersion program which is focused on investing in technology companies in and around the multi-trillion dollar industries of real estate, mortgage, finance, insurance and home services.
Prior to Moderne, Liza was a Partner with StarVest Partners, a $400M venture fund focused on expansion stage B2B SaaS investments. Previously, Liza was a Managing Director in the growth equity group at Highbridge Principals Strategies, a multi-billion asset manager. Before her experience at Highbridge, Liza was a Managing Director with Bear Stearns’ Constellation Growth Capital and an investment banker at Patricof & Co and First Union where she started her career.
CEO, North America
Jeremy Bernard is the CEO, North America at essensys, the world’s leading provider of software and technology to the flexible real estate industry. He has over 25 years of experience in the real estate and technology sectors. Most recently, Jeremy was the Global Head of Real Estate for Knotel where he grew and oversaw a portfolio of 5.5MM sq ft of flexible office space around the world. In previous roles, he has held C-level positions at real estate investment firms and launched several proptech companies. Jeremy resides in Westport, CT with his wife Jamie, daughter Morgan and son Brody.
Director of Venture Investments
Breton is the Director of Venture Investments at DivcoWest, where he is responsible for identifying, evaluating, investing in and helping support the growth of early and growth-stage real estate technology companies. Before joining DivcoWest, Breton helped launch Prologis Ventures, the venture arm of Prologis, where he invested in technology companies transforming the future of commerce and the built environment. Prior to that, he managed channel partnerships at Euclid Analytics (acquired by WeWork), a leading provider of location analytics software to brick-and-mortar businesses. Previously, he was an analyst in the Clean Technology Investment Banking Group at Jefferies where he advised clients on M&A and equity financings. Breton earned a Masters of Business Administration from UC Berkeley and Bachelor of Arts in Economics from Stanford University.
Benjamin Birnbaum is a Partner at Keyframe – a NYC based investment firm. His focus is primarily on how technology is causing market change across a number of physical infrastructure categories, like transportation and energy, inspired by earlier career experiences as an operating leader for one of the world's largest passenger transportation companies. Ben is also a co-founder of TeraWatt Infrastructure, a specialized owner of electric vehicle charging infrastructure focused on fleet electrification.
CEO & Co-Founder
Sean is the Co-Founder & CEO of BLACK, a tech-powered and cloud based CRE brokerage platform based in NYC. Prior to founding BLACK, Sean served as EVP of Real Estate and Enterprise Sales at WeWork, He has been involved in millions of square feet of commercial real estate leasing transactions over his 20 year tenure, and has worked at many of the world’s largest commercial brokerage firms including Cushman & Wakefield, JLL, Newmark, and Grubb & Ellis.
COO, Student Living
As chief operating officer of CA Student Living, Steve Boyack is responsible for driving the performance and growth of CASL’s property management platform, as well as overseeing its corporate operational functions including technology, human resources, communications and culture. Steve leverages his decades of experience in the industry to develop and advance the people, processes and technologies that form the foundation of the business.
Boyack previously served as global head of property management for CA Ventures, a parent company of CA Student Living, where he laid the foundation for the firm’s European student operating platform (Novel Student), global sustainability initiative, wellness program and innovation department. Prior to joining CA, Steve was a senior managing director at Greystar where he was responsible for overseeing real estate operations and leading the expansion of the company’s footprint in key Midwest markets. In addition, he oversaw Greystar’s national construction and maintenance operations and worked with their global innovation team.
Steve earned a BS in Economics from the University of Iowa and a CPM® designation from the Institute of Real Estate Management. As a member of several industry advisory boards and associations, Steve is a recognized subject matter expert and thought leader, with particular focus on integrated property technology.
CEO & Co-Founder
Laura Cain is the CEO and co-founder of Willow Servicing, a technology company focused on streamlining mortgage servicing. Willow’s platform automates core workflows, enabling lenders to provide digital-first borrower experiences while reducing operational costs and ensuring compliance with industry policies & regulations. Prior to Willow, Laura was a product manager at Snapdocs, where she built out their initial eClose product offering to lenders, and a venture investor at Thomvest, where she focused on early stage fintech investments.
CEO & Founder
Nick Carter is the founder and CEO of Ingenious, a platform designed to transform the real estate development and construction industry. Before Ingenious, Nick was the owner and CEO of various software companies, a concrete company, and an architecture firm. He used his software expertise to streamline the concrete and architecture firm, which led him to create Ingenious. He continued his research in this sector and realized how inefficient the whole industry operated. Nick has a passion for creating great products and only focuses on creating products that will obtain market share. Nick started his career at 15 at Pepsi, 18 at Cisco Systems in Silicon Valley, then worked with some of the top tech CEO's in the valley to eventually starting his first company. Outside of loving startup life and the tech business, Nick is an avid Ultra-runner, Ironman Athlete (not many Ironmans while building Ingenious), Cyclist, and Jiu-Jitsu practitioner.
Global Head of PropTech & Innovation
Jeanne Casey is the Global Head of PropTech & Innovation at Nuveen, and leads investments and insights in PropTech for the firm. Previously, Jeanne was a Principal at MetaProp, a leading PropTech venture capital firm based in New York. Prior to joining MetaProp, Jeanne was a founding team member and Vice President at Digital Alpha where she worked on the launch, fundraising, and deployment of a $300m growth equity fund focused on digital infrastructure. She has previous experience with Cisco and Morgan Stanley, and holds a MBA from Harvard Business School and a BA from Johns Hopkins University.
CEO & Co-Founder
Madhu Chamarty is the co-founder and CEO of BeyondHQ, a startup that helps companies plan and scale distributed teams. An engineer and math nerd at heart, he has 15+ yrs of startup experience in Silicon Valley, as an early employee and co-founder at 3 high-growth B2B startups in digital media (Adify - Cox acq. @ $300MM), employee communities (Dynamic Signal), and geospatial analytics (Descartes Labs). He has scaled sales & support teams globally, in both colocated and remote formats. He grew up in a fully distributed family across 4 countries, so believes he was destined to build BeyondHQ even before he knew it.
CEO & Co-Founder
Alex Chatzielftheriou is a Greek entrepreneur and CEO and co-founder of Blueground — a real estate tech company founded in 2013. Blueground provides a network of fully-furnished, move-in ready apartments in 14 cities across the globe for stays of a month, a year, or longer. Having lived and worked in more than 15 cities around the world, Alex sought to provide business and leisure travelers with a hassle-free way to find places that feel like home — to show up and start living from day one. Along the way, Alex disrupted the traditional lease model, enabling flexible living to encourage travel and exploration of the world and its cultures while providing a place to feel "grounded" and call home.
Jit Kee Chin
Chief Data & Innovation Officer
Jit Kee Chin is the Chief Data & Innovation Officer and Executive Vice President at Suffolk. Ms. Chin is responsible for leveraging big data and advanced analytics to improve the organization’s core business. Ms. Chin is also responsible for helping to position Suffolk to achieve its vision of transforming the construction experience while working closely with the company’s Innovation and Strategy teams to fundamentally reinvent the future of construction in the digital age.
Prior to her role at Suffolk, Ms. Chin spent 10 years with management consulting firm McKinsey and Company where she counseled senior executives on strategic, commercial and advanced analytics topics. Most recently, she was a Senior Expert in Analytics in McKinsey’s Boston office where she specialized in the design and implementation of end- to-end analytics transformations. Prior to that role, Ms. Chin was an Associate Principal in McKinsey’s London office where she helped organizations drive multi-year business transformations and change programs and developing strategies for profitable growth.
CEO & Co-Founder
After 12 years in the cyber security red ocean, Erez transitioned into the multifamily real estate space where technology still feels like magic. Knock's mission is to automate the leasing process and to create a superior, fast, and cost-efficient experience for renters and owners alike.
Shelter Acquisition Corp
Kathleen is the Chief Operating Officer at Shelter Acquisition Corporation, a proptech-focused SPAC sponsor, where she leads investment efforts and firm operations. Prior to joining Shelter in early 2021, Kathleen spent four years as a proptech investor and consultant at both industry leaders and promising startups, including Metaprop, Fifth Wall, Zeus Living, Edgewise Realty, and Real. Previously, Kathleen was an investor at Industry Ventures, a multi-stage venture capital platform based in San Francisco. She began her career in Boston as a strategy consultant to enterprise software companies at, Bulger Partners (now part of Ernst & Young). Kathleen also represents the fourth generation of her family’s real estate development company, which focuses on multifamily and mixed-use development in the northeast. She holds a BA from Dartmouth College and an MBA from Columbia Business School.
General Partner & Co-Founder
Travis brings to Building Ventures a lifelong interest in design and architecture, a boundless optimism for the positive impact technology can have, and a passion for helping startups to launch and grow. At Building Ventures, Travis co-leads the Investment Committee. He currently manages the firm’s involvement with Smartvid.io, EnvoyThere and GoContractor as a member of the Board of Directors. In addition, he works closely with the teams at Blokable, Dandelion, Join Digital and Measurabl.
CEO & Co-Founder
Calvin Cooper is the co-founder and CEO of Rhove, a company expanding access for everyone to invest in real estate via a mobile app with no account minimums or income requirements. By democratizing real estate finance, deal sponsors raise capital with no headache, and Main Street investors get the opportunity to own the places we live, work, and play. Rhove raises capital from the public and invests as a single entity, eliminating every barrier to bringing previously unattainable deals to the market. Prior to Rhove, Calvin was a venture capitalist investing in fintech, blockchain, proptech and smart city technology companies.
Courtney is a principal at Alate Partners, where she helps identify and scale promising real estate technology companies, provides market analysis and due diligence, and manages relationships with industry partners. She has spent nearly 10 years in real estate technology and operations. Prior to Alate, she led innovation and business transformation initiatives at Dream and Great-West Life. Courtney is a board observer at Lane, Branch, and Eden as well as the co-founder of Proptech Collective.
CEO & Founder
Khalid was born in a construction family and came from three generations of carpenters. He started his career running a subcontracting company with his father and uncle before joining a major firm in New York at Turner Construction. While at Turner he led an innovation team that built internal software to serve construction managers. It was on this team that Khalid will meet the head developer and his future co-founder, Jake. Khalid eventually left Turner with the blessing of the senior VP who wrote his letter of recommendation to MIT. While at Sloan, a lot of the learning that took place while at Turner will be commercialized into what would become TracFlo.
SVP Workplace Experience
As a recognized thought leader in real estate technology, Mr. Davis has nearly 20 years of related experience. He is the Lead Faculty on CoreNet Global’s Real Estate Technology Master’s of Corporate Real Estate professional designation program. He assists CoreNet Global chapters across the Americas with developing technology symposiums. Mr. Davis also serves as event chair and strategic advisor to the International Facility Management Association’s (IFMA’s) IT community and is part of the Workplace Evolutionaries (WE) Phoenix hub. Before Impec Group, Mr. Davis worked for leading technology solutions, including experts in machine learning/virtual reality-driven design, workplace and space optimization, integrated workplace management system (IWMS) consulting, and IWMS software.
Wilshire Lane Partners
Prior to founding Wilshire Lane Partners, Adam worked as a venture capital investor at Fifth Wall Ventures as well as Andreessen Horowitz. Prior to venture, Adam worked as an investor on Wall Street both working as a hedge fund investor at The Carlyle Group and before that, in the Real Estate Group at Morgan Stanley in New York City. Adam graduated with High Honors from Harvard College and also has an MBA from Harvard Business School. He is also a Board Member for 9 Dots, an education non-profit focused on providing subsidized computer science education to children from underprivileged backgrounds.
CEO & Co-Founder
Brad Dockser is GreenGen’s CEO/Co-Founder. GreenGen transforms the world's built environment through visionary innovation and solutions by integrating energy, real estate, technology, and capital markets to Operate in the Green. Brad was Co-Founder/Managing Director for Starwood Capital Group’s international operations; Principal with MacFarlane Partners; and began his career at JMB Realty and CRI. Brad received an A.B. cum laude Economics and MBA from Harvard University. Brad serves on the global advisory board for ULI’s Center for Sustainability and Economic Performance. He is Chair of ULI’s Redevelopment and Reuse Product Council and was the founder of ULI’s Sustainability Initiative in DC.
COO & Co-Founder
Alexey Dubov is an accomplished innovator, entrepreneur, executive, and is chief operating officer, and co-founder at Mighty Buildings, a construction technology company creating beautiful, affordable, and sustainable homes using 3D printing, robotics, and automation.
Dana Dunford is the CEO of Hemlane, a technology-enabled property management platform. She is a strong advocate of purchasing properties anywhere, as the best investments are not typically in your backyard. She supports real estate investors in setting up the most intelligent process to manage rentals from a distance, while connecting them with local, licensed professionals. In 2018, Dana was named one of the top 20 women leaders in commercial real estate tech. Dana previously worked at Apple on their worldwide financial planning and analysis team and at Nest in business development. She received her MBA from Harvard Business School.
Douglas Elliman President and Chief Operating Officer Scott Durkin has been an industry leader for nearly three decades and is a driving force behind the globally recognized brokerage’s ranking as one of the largest independent residential real estate firms in the United States.
Scott’s meteoric rise at the New York City based firm began when he was hired as Executive Vice President in January 2016 as part of the company’s effort to grow a nationwide presence. He was quickly promoted to Chief Operating Officer in October 2016 and President in December 2017.
From the outset, Scott has helped oversee expansion efforts in New York, South Florida, California, Massachusetts and Texas, as well as restructured operations in Westchester, Connecticut and the Hamptons. He has also led the development of a more streamlined and strategic operations team, bringing together top-tier talent across a range of disciplines including public relations, marketing and technology.
Previously, Scott enjoyed a 26-year tenure at The Corcoran Group, where he was a protégé of Barbara Corcoran. He quickly earned a number of esteemed titles, including Chief Operating Officer and Senior Managing Director of the Chelsea Flatiron office, which ranked among the company’s top 10 locations nationwide during his 11 years of leadership.
Dave Eisenberg is the Founder and Managing Director of Zigg Capital, a proptech venture fund with ~$400m AUM. Representative investments include companies such as Procore, Juniper Square, VTS, Matterport, Kasa and Tend. Prior to founding Zigg, he served as the Global SVP of of Technology for CBRE. He joined CBRE as a result of CBRE's acquisition of Floored, a commercial real estate software company founded and led by him from 2012-2017. Earlier in his career, he was a founding team member of two other retail technology businesses, TellApart and Bonobos. Dave started his career at Bain and graduated from Harvard. Mr. Eisenberg also serves on the Board of Directors of iStar (NYSE: STAR).
Tusk Venture Partners
Prior to Tusk Venture Partners, Sam spent five years at Google in Silicon Valley working in both sales and product. In her last role as a Global Product Lead, she was responsible for the go-to-market strategy and commercialization of Google’s first Machine Learning driven advertising solution. At Google, she worked primarily in the mobile app space partnering with leading app developers in verticals such as gaming, mobility, on-demand and more. She also helped build an accelerator program for startups in emerging markets.
Sam holds a BA from the University of Michigan, where she majored in both Economics and Organizational Studies, and an MBA from Harvard Business School. She is based out of the firm’s New York office.
CEO & Founder
Matt is Founder and CEO of Measurabl, the world’s most widely adopted ESG software for commercial real estate. Over 10 billion square feet of real estate valued in excess of $2 trillion USD across 80 countries measures, manages, and discloses ESG performance using Measurabl.
Before Measurabl, Matt spent five years with CBRE, the world’s largest commercial real estate services company, where he led CBRE’s Sustainability Practice Group, implemented its industry-first global carbon neutrality program, and served as the company’s first Director of Sustainability Solutions and youngest member of its Global Sustainability Advisory Committee.
Matt has expertise in ESG reporting, corporate sustainability strategy, institutional and corporate real estate, carbon accounting, and green building. He is an Aspen Institute Fellow, a New Leaders Council Fellow, and was named a “Top 50” real estate executive by Real
Estate Forum in 2017.
Franco Faraudo has an MBA in entrepreneurship and has worked with companies on their branding and content strategy. He has worked in real estate as an agent, manager, and investor. He writes about the intersection between the physical and digital world and is a co-founder of Propmodo.
Eric Feder serves as the President of LENX, where he oversees Lennar’s innovation and venture capital investing. Prior to his current role, he was Vice Chairman at Rialto Capital from 2008 to 2018, where he provided oversight of Rialto’s non-performing loan acquisitions and direct real estate investments, exceeding $6 billion. Feder has been instrumental in helping identify, structure, and execute investments for Lennar that have re-defined the landscape of real estate technology, including Doma, Hippo Insurance, Blend, Opendoor, Modsy, and SmartRent. Feder serves as a board director at Hippo Insurance and previously served on the board of Doma and SmartRent. He is past Chairman of the Miami Dolphins Cancer Challenge and is a current member of the Board of Governors of the Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center at the University of Miami.
Daniel Fetner’s background spans traditional Real Estate Private Equity & Development as well as Venture Capital & Entrepreneurship. At Alpaca Daniel is exclusively focused on investing across the PropTech landscape and also heads up both our Field Study & MBA programs. Prior to Alpaca, Daniel worked at J.P. Morgan and Cushman & Wakefield. Daniel Graduated with an MBA from Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania and a BBA from the Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan. Daniel serves as a Board Director at Trade Hounds and a Board Observer at Prevu, Doorkee, The Guild & Diamond Age.
Head of Tech Investments
Elie Finegold has been an entrepreneur and leader at the intersection of real estate and technology for over 20 years. He is currently leading technology investments for Crow Holdings, is a Venture Advisor to MetaProp, and an advisor to startups and real estate companies. Prior to that, he led Global Innovation at CBRE; was the founding President of IGY Marinas; the Chief Innovation Officer for Insignia Financial Group; and the founder and CEO of two technology companies. He is a frequent speaker and author on technology in the built world, and has served on numerous industry leadership boards.
Andrew Flint is the Co-Founder of Occupier, a Real Estate Success platform for commercial tenants and tenant rep brokers. He has 10 years of experience in NYC commercial real estate and 9+ years at the forefront of commercial real estate technology. Andrew realized the need for modern technology in Commercial Real Estate, experiencing the inefficiencies of the industry firsthand while at JLL. In 2012 he joined VTS as the Head of Business Development after being an angel investor and first non-founder user of the platform.
EVP & Head of the East USA
Turner & Townsend
Linda currently serves as Executive Vice President and Head of the East USA for Turner & Townsend, based in New York. Linda also serves on the company’s Board of Directors. She leads all business functions and operations for a large team of professionals.
Immediately prior, Linda served as Vice President at Wells Fargo, where she led design and construction for a large portion of their portfolio in the USA. She and Wells Fargo knew one another from her time as Director of Project Management with CBRE, before that.
Linda, a license architect, holds executive education certifications from MIT and is currently undertaking an Executive MBA at Columbia University.
Linda is proud to be a mother to two teenage sons. Together with her husband, they reside full time outside of Philadelphia.
CEO & Co-Founder
Jason Fudin is the CEO and Co-Founder of WhyHotel, based in Washington D.C. WhyHotel is a venture-backed start-up that operates “turn-key, pop-up hotels” out of the vacancy of newly built luxury apartments during the lease-up phase. Prior to WhyHotel, Jason was the VP of Strategic Initiatives at Vornado Realty Trust where he worked on developing innovative commercial real estate concepts for the organization. Over his career, Jason has managed commercial real estate development projects valued at over $2 billion and has worked in real estate development, acquisitions, and capital markets. He has his B.Eng. in Mechanical Engineering with a minor in Management from McGill University and his M.S. in Finance and Real Estate from American University.
Olive Tree Ventures
Akshay has been with Olive Tree Holdings since 2017. In his role, he leads capital events for the firm and has overseen much of the firm’s underwriting. Most recently as a Partner at Olive Tree Ventures, Akshay is leading the firm’s efforts to identify opportunities within the Proptech/CRETech sector and the birth of TrueRate Services, a data driven CRE Advisory firm powered by a tech backend.
Prior to Olive Tree, Akshay worked at Ackman-Ziff on institutional debt and equity transactions. Akshay also has prior experience working with sponsors such as The Sapir Organization and ABR-Alchemy Investment Partners.
Akshay earned his BBA from The George Washington University and graduated with his MS in Real Estate Finance from NYU. He is currently a mentor in the university’s Real Estate and Finance Alliance (REFA) mentorship program.
CEO & Co-Founder
Chase Garbarino is co-founder and CEO of HqO, the leading tenant experience software platform for commercial real estate. Prior to HqO, Chase was co-founder and CEO of AmericanInno (formerly Streetwise Media) where he helped build a local media network for the innovation economies in over a dozen cities in the US. The company was purchased in 2012 by ACBJ, a subsidiary of Advance Publications, which owns Conde Nast and is a shareholder of Reddit, Discovery and a number of other media properties. Chase holds a B.A. from Hamilton College.
Chief Investment Officer
Olive Tree Holdings
Yuriy is a Principal at Olive Tree Holdings and Chief Investment Officer
Yuriy brings extensive institutional capital markets experience to Olive Tree’s leadership. Previous to Olive Tree, Yuriy spent three and a half years at Citadel Investment Group, one of the world’s top hedge funds. At Citadel, Yuriy was a tenured investment professional in one of the firm’s equity businesses where he had P&L responsibility for a $300 million portfolio focused on home building, building products and construction materials sectors.
Prior to Citadel, Yuriy spent six years at GLG Partners, managing risk and conducting extensive due diligence. Prior to GLG Partners, Yuriy began his career as an investment banker at Lazard in its M&A group in New York.
Yuriy graduated from Duke University with a BA in Economics.
Head & Co-Founder
Nima Ghamsari is co-founder and Head of Blend, a Silicon Valley technology company propelling consumer lending into the digital age. He leads the company's corporate and product strategy toward the vision of a more frictionless, compliant, and accessible consumer finance ecosystem. Nima is currently focused on expanding the Blend platform both in breadth and depth, bringing seamless processes to more consumers across more of their financial lives. Prior to founding Blend, Nima was one of the first employees of the commercial group at Palantir Technologies. He is a graduate of Stanford University where he earned a B.S. in computer science.
Scale Venture Partners
John joined Scale in 2018 and focuses on the firm's investments in SaaS, cloud infrastructure, fintech, and frontier technologies. He was featured on Business Insider's list of up-and-coming financial technology investors and has contributed to the firm's investments in AppOmni, Archipelago, Comet, Spruce, Socure, Scout RFP, Tetrate and Papaya Global (sourced).
Before Scale, John was most recently a Product Manager at Personal Capital where he focused on customer engagement and growth. Previously, he was also a Product Manager at Intuit and launched the first iteration of their QuickBooks Capital lending product, which provided working capital loans to small business owners.
John holds dual degrees in both the business and liberal arts honors programs from the University of Texas at Austin. Outside of work, John enjoys running and playing soccer in Golden Gate Park.
CEO & Founder
Chase Gilbert is the founder and CEO of Built Technologies. Chase and his co-founders formed Built in 2014 after living through the frustrations of navigating construction loans and recognizing there had to be a better way with technology. Today Built's platform powers the residential and commercial construction lending divisions of over 100 banks and also helps thousands of developers and contractors navigate lien waivers and accelerate construction payments.
CEO & Founder
Mark is the CEO and "Skipper" of LiquidSpace the on-demand office marketplace and workplace management platform, with a mission to harness the power of flexible space to transform the workplace experience, giving employees the freedom and choices to work from anywhere. In getting from here to there, Mark would rather pedal than drive.
Dana Goldman Szekely
Greensoil PropTech Ventures
Dana is a Senior Principal at Greensoil PropTech Ventures, where she is involved in all aspects of the firm’s investment activities, including fundraising, sourcing and evaluating potential investments, industry analysis, due diligence, transaction execution and portfolio management. Dana has over 15 years of experience in technology and corporate finance, specializing in international mergers and acquisitions, strategy, venture capital investments and financial due diligence. Prior To joining GSPV, Dana worked with Israeli venture capital firms, where she sourced and analyzed investment opportunities, led equity investments, supported portfolio companies post-investment, and was involved
in fundraising efforts with institutional and private investors. Before her move into the VC sector, Dana was a Manager in the M&A and Corporate Development team of Amdocs, and a Manager in Ernst & Young’s Transaction Advisory Services team.
Bobby Goodman is the Chief Revenue Officer for Swivel, where he leads strategic and organizational initiatives across the sales, marketing and customer success teams. Swivel is a venture backed PropTech company that operates a Design Experience Platform for landlords to reduce leasing vacancy downtime and win more occupier deals. Through Swivel’s visualization and space planning technology, landlords can now immerse brokers and tenants into a digital leasing experience that focuses on how a space will look, flow, function and feel once constructed.
Prior to joining Swivel, Bobby founded Truss in 2016 to change the way that occupiers, brokers, and owners marketed and transacted commercial real estate leases. As a venture backed PropTech company, Truss developed and deployed technology and data products for occupiers, brokers, and landlords within the commercial real estate industry across office, industrial and retail asset classes. Truss was sold to the largest privately held global real estate services company, Avison Young, in September 2020.
Dan Gorczycki is the Managing Director of TrueRate Services and will oversee the implementation of TrueRate's growth strategy.
An industry veteran and a former senior member of Avison Young’s debt and equity team, Gorczycki has brokered over $3 billion in transactions alone over his two decades in commercial real estate finance.
Prior to joining Avison Young, Gorczycki worked at Savills Studley, and Granite Partners LLC, predecessor to Savills US, for 15 years. During Gorczycki’s tenure, he was a Managing Director, partner and Head of the Debt Group, respectively. Showcasing the diversity of Gorczycki’s background, Gorczycki has brokered a $44.8-million HUD loan on the Piedmont in Raleigh, North Carolina; a $195-million office building loan in Boston, Massachusetts; a $170-million shopping mall loan in Cincinnati, Ohio; and the largest-ever marina loan — $218-million for three Florida assets.
Managing Partner & Co-Founder
Brad Greiwe is a co-founder and Managing Partner at Fifth Wall, where he guides the firm’s strategic vision.
Prior to starting Fifth Wall, Brad co-founded Invitation Homes (NYSE: INVH), a multi-billion dollar owner and operator of single-family rental properties originally backed by The Blackstone Group. As CTO, he positioned Invitation Homes as the dominant technology-forward brand in the single-family rental category, developing a proprietary technology stack to support the valuation, acquisition, rehabilitation, leasing, and professional management of over 80,000 homes in 17 major markets, serving 120,000 residents across the U.S.
Brad started his career in investment banking at UBS in the real estate, lodging, and leisure group, where he tallied over $33 billion of M&A advisory work and $1 billion of debt and equity financing, including the sale of Hilton Hotels to The Blackstone Group for $26 billion—the largest hotel privatization in history. He then worked in real estate private equity at Tishman Speyer and Starwood Capital, where he executed over $30 billion of acquisitions, debt financing, and development projects.
JLL Spark Global Ventures
Laurent is an entrepreneur-turned-venture-capitalist. He works with start-up founders to successfully build scalable teams, strong company cultures, and disruptive products. He has founded, expanded, and managed multiple start-ups prior to his venture career. Previous to JLL Spark, he led Luma Launch’s early-stage venture fund, investing in over 30 companies across a variety of sectors in the software space. As a Partner at JLL Spark he hopes to drive the technology revolution forward in the real estate space. He is looking to identify and back the companies leading the way during this shift.
Future of Work
Nellie Hayat is a future of work leader. Previously she was Head of Workplace Transformation at VergeSense and the host of the Destination Workplace podcast, a Real Estate & Workplace strategist at Stripe for 4 years supporting the company's hyper growth. At Stripe, she re-designed their workplace design guidelines to improve and unify the office experience across their global portfolio of offices, oversaw the construction and openings of offices around the world and led sustainability initiatives.
Shawn Hill is a Managing Partner at August Hill. August Hill deploys an operating partner model through its proptech advisory firm that enables global startups to scale faster and operate more efficiently than they can on their own. Before founding August Hill, Shawn was a Partner at Moderne Ventures with $240M AUM. He has managed a 90+ company portfolio and interfaced with many leading real estate owners and operators' innovation teams to implement technology solutions within the industry. He brings 20+ years of operating expertise and is an active member in many organizations helping underserved founders, startups, and aspiring investors.
EVP & Chief Content Officer
David Hirschman is a media entrepreneur and business journalist. He has written and edited for a wide range of publications, including Wired, New York magazine, The New York Times, Inc., and many more. In 2011, he co-founded Street Fight, a media/research/events company covering local marketing and tech. He and his partner ran the company independently until its acquisition in 2017. In 2018-2019, he served as VP Content at SeaAhead, a benefit corporation focused on the oceans, technology, and sustainability — where he continues to serve as an advisor. As EVP & Chief Content Officer at Blueprint, he is going deep on a longstanding interest in the intersection of real estate and tech. He lives in Providence, Rhode Island.
CEO & Co-Founder
Jamie Hodari is the CEO and Co-founder of Industrious, the largest premium workplace provider in the U.S. Under his leadership, Industrious has grown to over 95 locations across more than 50 cities, achieving the best unit economics in the industry, and pioneering the evolution to landlord partnerships over traditional leases. Prior to Industrious, Jamie was CEO of Kepler, a hedge fund analyst at Birch Run Capital, a corporate lawyer at Sullivan & Cromwell, and a reporter for the Times of India.
Brad Huber is a Smart Home entrepreneur. He is the Vice President of Smart Devices and Chief Engineer at Brivo Systems. Brivo is a ubiquitous provider of commercial access control for multifamily, commercial, and retail locations.
Brad founded Parakeet Technologies which was acquired by Brivo in 2020. Brad also did his Master’s research in the drone industry after which he also enjoyed five years of drone industry experience at Procerus Technologies.
SVP, ESG Officers
Matthew Hunt is Senior Vice President, Environmental Social and Governance Officer, and Managing Partner of Hunt Holdings LP for Hunt Companies, Inc. In these roles, Mr. Hunt is responsible for implementing an enterprise-wide environmental, social, and governance (ESG) program for Hunt.
Mr. Hunt also manages Hunt Holdings LP, which acts as an incubator for new business opportunities that complement and advance the Company’s real estate and infrastructure businesses. Since 2001, the Hunt portfolio has made commitments to over 45 VC funds and over 50 direct investments focusing on a range of markets and industries that include biotechnology, IT hardware, SAAS, healthcare tech, financial tech, education tech, energy technologies, and innovative materials. Over $120 million in capital has been deployed towards this portfolio, and exits have come through M&A and IPOs. Hunt plans to continue making investments in early-stage companies and funds.
CEO & Co-Founder
Alexander Isaacson is the co-founder and CEO of Xeal, an LA-based tech startup that has developed a new connectivity protocol that enables smart devices to function entirely without the internet and IT infrastructure. From access control to digital payments to over-the-air updates, Xeal's core IP enables any smart device to be operated by users offline with zero network fees, 100% uptime, and 50X faster processing speed. While the patent-pending connectivity software has myriads of applications, the company has focused on building it first for the rapidly growing electric vehicle charger market.
CEO & Co-Founder
Karl Jacob is a serial entrepreneur who has been building, advising and investing in companies for the last 20 years. Karl has raised 23 rounds of financing from a wide range of investors, including True Ventures, Baseline Ventures, Richard Branson’s Virgin Group, Microsoft, eBay, Integral Partners, Norwest Ventures, Greylock, Benchmark Capital, FT Ventures, Ignition Partners and Vulcan Ventures. Many of Karl’s companies have been successfully acquired, including Dimension X, acquired by Microsoft; Keen/Ingenio, acquired by AT&T; Cloudmark, acquired by ProofPoint; and Coveroo, acquired by Zazzle. Across his various tenures as a start-up CEO, Karl has generated hundreds of millions of dollars in investor returns and up to $150 million in revenue per year. In 2005 he joined Facebook as one of its first advisors and has gone on to advise several other companies. Karl is also a prolific angel investor and mentor for start-up companies including Mayvenn, June, Healthtap, Everlane, Skillshare, Rescale, Memsql, Haven, Shippo and more. He holds a B.S. in Computer Science from the University of Southern California’s Engineering School, where he sits on its board of counselors.
Head of Technology
Since 2013, Jakob has been working exclusively with 3D printing — and since 2015 with 3D printing in the construction sector. He was part of the team that built the first 3D-printed house in Europe, and now pushing the technology out to construction sites all over the world.
American Family Ventures
Katelyn Johnson is Managing Director at American Family Ventures, where she focuses on early stage B2B enterprise solutions in New York, Boston, and Philadelphia. She has provided mentorship to TechStars, Harvard Business School, MIT, and MassChallenge, and is Executive Director of the Horn Program VC Council at the University of Delaware. An engineer by training, Katelyn is a graduate of Harvard Business School.
CEO & Co-Founder
Brew is the co-founder and CEO of PeerStreet, a platform for investing in real estate backed loans. Brew's experience with technology platforms, real estate, and law culminated in the unique PeerStreet concept. Prior to PeerStreet, he worked as General Counsel at VirtualTourist where he oversaw the company’s $85 million sale to Expedia/TripAdvisor. Before that, he was a real estate attorney at Allen Matkins Leck Gamble & Mallory and a technology attorney at Brobeck Phleger & Harrison. At Allen Matkins, Brew advised some of the largest real estate development and investment firms in the country on a wide variety of complex real estate transactions. He continues to advise startups and is an active real estate developer, investor, and private lender. Brew graduated from the University of Southern California with degrees in international relations and history and earned his JD from the UCLA School of Law.
CEO & Co-Founder
Jarred Kessler has over fifteen years of experience in the financial services industry working with industry leaders such as Morgan Stanley, Credit Suisse, and Goldman Sachs. Jarred has witnessed the effects of technological change on the industry and has evolved his career and business model to align effectively with emerging trends.
He applies his vision of a new and improved real estate world to EasyKnock through the sale-leaseback, which has allowed homeowners across the country to access the money they need to reach their goals without uprooting themselves or dealing with the rejection of banks.
CEO & Co-Founder
Ardalan is the CEO and Co-Founder at OnSiteIQ. He received his Ph.D. in Civil Engineering from Virginia Tech and MS from the University of Illinois at Urbana Champagne. After completing his Ph.D., Ardalan was appointed as a Runway postdoctoral fellow at Cornell Tech, where OnSiteIQ was born. His unique expertise in construction management and machine learning have been the principal driving forces behind OnSiteIQ’s visual documentation and collaboration platform.
PropTech Angel Group
Matt Knight is a PropTech investor focused on commercial and multifamily technology. He is the founder of the largest angel group in the world focused exclusively on technology in real estate, the PropTech Angel Group. He also actively works with a few institutional owners of real estate on building an investment and piloting strategy around emerging technologies.
Matt was formerly a General Partner at Shadow Ventures, a venture capital fund focused on construction and real estate technology. Matt was responsible for capital raising and formation as well as deal sourcing and underwriting. During his time at Shadow, Matt also built an incubator, an accelerator, and an annual event known as Shadow Summit. Matt often speaks and writes about emerging trends or false narratives in PropTech via The Vertical newsletter.
Prior to Shadow, Matt had a decade-long career in institutional real estate and was involved in more than $1B of commercial transactions. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Davidson College and splits his time between Atlanta and San Francisco.
Micah Kotch serves as the Managing Director for URBAN-X: the accelerator for startups reimagining city life built by MINI and Urban Us. URBAN-X provides critical early-stage support and resources for proptech innovators including Versatile Natures, Blueprint Power, Toggle, Avvir, and Sapient Industries. Micah previously served as the Director of NY Prize and Strategic Advisor for Innovation at the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA), where was responsible for the design and execution of the nation’s first community microgrid competition and worked to transform the electric utility business model and help commercialize new clean energy technology.
Managing Partner & Co-Founder
Sam Landman is co-founder and Managing Partner of Mastry, a venture capital firm launched in 2021. Prior to Mastry, Sam was a Managing Director of Comcast Ventures for ten years where he led investments in a wide range of fintech, proptech and consumer investments. Sam’s investments include Hippo, Acorns, Nextdoor, Curbio, Renofi, Vimeo, Dandelion Energy, Cheddar, Madison Reed, Taboola and Zola among others. While at CV, Sam founded Forecast Labs, a successful investment vehicle leveraging proprietary media assets on behalf of consumer internet businesses to aid in their growth. Mr. Landman holds a bachelor’s degree from Bucknell University and a Master of Business Administration from the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College.
CEO & Co-Founder
Katharine Lau is CEO and Co-Founder of Stuf, a modern self-storage company that partners with landlords to monetize and operate underutilized real estate. She is passionate about reimagining the traditional built world into hospitality-driven and tech-enabled experiences. Prior to Stuf, Katharine led all supply side growth at Industrious as VP of Real Estate, achieving over 10x growth and pioneering asset-light agreements in the coworking industry. She has also worked at Equinox, PGIM Real Estate (Prudential) and L&L Holding Company.
SVP/GM, Consumer Storage & Strategic Partnerships
Darron Lawson is Iron Mountain’s Senior Vice President and GM for Consumer Storage and Strategic Partnerships. Darron moved into this role in November, 2019 and will be focused on growing our consumer business while delivering exceptional service and value to this customer base. Darron will also work to leverage our Strategic Partnership’s and Channel relationships to drive profitable revenue and cube growth across North America.
Darron is also responsible for North American Support for the Records and Information business. This team is responsible for thought leadership and operational support for Transportation, Industrial Engineering, Process Engineering, Implementation, Safety, Real Estate, Audit and field Learning and Development. Darron and his team are responsible for supporting all business lines within North American operations to improve safety performance, operational efficiencies, employee development and customer satisfaction.
Darron has been with Iron Mountain for 18 years and worked in various operational leadership roles overseeing multi - State Markets in the Mid-South Territory. Darron was responsible for the financial performance of the Markets as well as day-to-day operations, Account Management, Sales and Customer experience. Darron was also responsible for M&A activity and integration within his geographical coverage.
Prior to joining Iron Mountain, Darron was at United Parcel Service for over 14 years, where he held several leadership roles in Operation and Service Line Support to include Sales, Industrial Engineering, and Safety and was the Loan Executive for their United Way Campaign.
Darron was born in Winston Salem, NC and currently resides in Greensboro, NC with his wife Amanda and their daughter Maddie (6 years old) and twin sons Griffin and Sawyer (3 years old). Darron also has a 20-year-old son Walker that currently attends UNC Charlotte and is majoring in meteorology. Darron has a degree in Business and Marketing and had the privilege of attending an Executive Leadership Training at MIT this past June focused on Supply Chain and Logistics.
CEO & Founder
Jindou Lee is CEO and founder of Happy.co. A company that provides software to over 3M units across the rental industry to improve their maintenance, acquisitions and asset management operations. Prior to founding Happy.co, Jindou had 2 other software exits and had a career in video games, working on popular franchises such as Mortal Kombat and Gauntlet. Besides work, Jindou also loves spending time with his family and played soccer semi-professionally many years ago.
Nathan Levin is a Partner on the Venture Investments team at First American where he is responsible for investing in companies redefining the real estate transaction. Previously he was at Boston Consulting Group’s Digital Ventures practice where he set up new businesses for Fortune 500 financial institutions and a venture capitalist at Primera Capital where he made seed stage investments. Nathan began his career in the tech world as a product manager and business strategist for startup companies in telecom, cybersecurity, and mobile app development.
CEO & Co-Founder
Throughout her career, Lily Liu recognized the lack of communication between the government, landlords, and residents when it came to equal access and city services. As CEO of Piñata, Lily has brought to life her vision of creating financial equality for renters. In 2017, she was recognized as Forbes’ 30 under 30 Top Entrepreneurs and Business Insiders’ People to Watch. Her entrepreneurial leadership allows Lily to address glaring systemic issues in the financial and real estate industries.
Alex Lofton is Co-Founder and Head of Culture & Brand at Landed, one of the fastest growing Fintech Real Estate companies in the country. Landed is on a mission to help essential professionals build financial security near the communities they serve. Alex’s entrepreneurial journey started long before he ever knew the concept of a business plan. In fact, he did not realize it at the time, but his earliest experiences in childhood gave him the background and understanding of a problem (and how to solve it) that would lead Alex down the entrepreneurial path. Alex has since served in leadership positions at numerous social enterprises and technology start-ups in D.C., London, and San Francisco.
Alex is a proud product of Bellevue Public Schools in his native Washington state; he believes in the productive potential of design, compassion, and digital technology. He worked as a member of Barack Obama's field team in 2007 and 2008, managing hundreds of paid staff who organized thousands of volunteers for the then-Senator's successful presidential primary and general election campaigns. Alex then served as a Founding Regional Director of Obama for America – the political mobilization wing of the Democratic National Committee – until 2010.
Alex got his start in real estate at real estate developer Forest City (now Brookfield Properties). He holds a B.A. from Northwestern University and an MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business.
Alex splits his time between his native Seattle and Landed’s headquarters in San Francisco, and he and his husband spend their decompression time outdoors, on the dance floor, or playing the “funcles” (fun-uncles) role.
Lauren is a writer, marketing consultant and Content Marketing Director at Propmodo. An avid tech aficionado with a soft spot for startups and innovative solutions, she enjoys researching the how and being part of teams covering a wide range of subjects. With a background in psychology, tech, buildings, and commercial real estate, Lauren likes to take discussions beyond black and white and into how to make tomorrow's world better.
Duke Long is a twenty-plus year veteran of commercial real estate. He is the broker and owner of The Duke Long Agency. He has invested in, advised and helped grow many of the latest technology companies focused on commercial real estate. He is an advisor, mentor and the entrepreneur in residence for Second Century Ventures and the NAR Global Reach Program. He has been asked by many well-known companies and associations such as CBRE, JLL, Colliers International, The National Association of Realtors, The International Council of Shopping Centers and CoreNet among others to speak and present about the latest in Commercial Real Estate Technology. He attended Indiana University and is also a veteran of The United States Air Force.
CEO & Founder
Will Lucas is the founder and CEO of Mint House, a tech-enabled hospitality company that revolutionized the industry by providing a unique travel experience for business travelers. Housed within luxury residential apartment complexes, Mint House offers the feel of a high-end hotel, with all the comforts and conveniences of your own home – all packaged and delivered via technology – in the best urban locations across the U.S.
Lucas graduated from Duke University, where he received a bachelor’s degree in Economics, Marketing and Management in 2006, and an MBA in Finance and Entrepreneurship from University of Pennsylvania – The Wharton School in 2012. As a serial entrepreneur, Lucas has founded and led two other successful consumer businesses prior to Mint House.
CEO & Co-Founder
Andrew Luong is CEO & Co-Founder of Doorvest, a venture-backed startup democratizing financial security for all. Andrew is also a real estate investor, Realtor, and mortgage loan officer. With a passion for all things technology and personal finance, Andrew created Doorvest to enable everyone to access to financial security through investing in the $3 trillion single-family rental market.
Chief Acquisitions Officer
As Chief Acquisitions Officer, Joe is responsible for identifying and buying Pacaso homes. Joe previously led national investment efforts at Waypoint Homes where he leveraged technology solutions to acquire over 29,000 homes. He brings over 20 years of real estate debt and equity experience to Pacaso. Joe lives in Southern California with his wife and two children.
As Managing Director at Stanley Ventures, Mike is responsible for identifying innovation that is strategically relevant to Stanley Black & Decker and its Global Tools & Storage business unit. He previously worked at startups in the Healthcare and Banking sectors for over 9 years prior to joining Stanley Ventures in 2016 upon its founding. Mike is based out of Atlanta, GA and his primary regional focus for Stanley Ventures is the Southeast and Midwest.
Moiz has worked every job at Nooklyn. Starting as a Nooklyn customer, Moiz worked in engineering, design and finance. He was born in Pakistan and raised in New York City.
CEO & Co-Founder
Adeel is the Co-Founder & CEO Humming Homes, a subscription-based, technology-enabled home management platform working to transform the home management & maintenance industries. Prior to founding Humming Homes, Adeel spent his career in the world of real estate & prop-tech as an engineer, operator and investor, having spent time working with Katerra, Sound Ventures, Bessemer Venture Partners and his family's real estate services and civil engineering business. He has partnered with Kyle Carnes, formerly at Instacart, and Kevin Ryan, serial technology entrepreneur and venture capitalist to take on the massive home services industry.
CEO & Co-Founder
Matt McCambridge is the co-founder and CEO of Eden Health, a hybrid primary care provider connecting patients to a dedicated, tech-empowered, care team with proven results. Prior to Eden Health, he was a technology and software investor at Insight Venture Partners, a global venture capital and private equity firm with over $30 billion in capital commitments. He also worked as an analyst for the healthcare focused private equity firm, Shore Capital Partners. He earned his bachelor's degree from Harvard University and taught leadership under Ron Heifetz at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government. Matt is based in New York City.
Ginny is a Principal at 1Sharpe Ventures, an early-stage proptech VC fund based out of the Bay Area. Prior to 1SV, Ginny led technology ventures and innovation at Jamestown, a $12B vertically integrated real estate investor and manager, where she managed startup investments, portfolio pilots, and technology relationships. She has also worked on real estate technology initiatives with Apple, Fifth Wall Ventures, and Harvard University. Ginny received her MBA from Harvard Business School and studied Engineering at Dartmouth College.
CEO & Founder
Dan Mishin is the founder and CEO of June Homes, a Softbank backed real estate technology startup that’s challenging outdated practices to improve the rental experience for tenants and mom-and-pop landlords. As a serial entrepreneur in the real estate space, Daniel has created a substantially better renters experience for thousands of tenants across NYC, DC, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Philadelphia and Boston. Dan started his first company at 11 years old, and prior to June Homes, founded leading youth hostel company Bear Hotels that he eventually exited to one of the largest hospitality groups in Russia. He was selected as Best Young Entrepreneur of Russia in 2011 and TOP 5 students entrepreneurs Worldwide by Entrepreneurs Organization in 2012 at the New York Stock Exchange.
CEO & Co-Founder
Will is the co-founder and CEO of Rabbet, a software platform helping real estate developers and lenders efficiently manage construction finances. After spending more than a decade in commercial real estate, he recognized the need for developers, lenders, equity partners and third-parties to control, centralize and collaborate on their construction finances is a centralized digital platform.
CEO & CO-Founder
Grant Morgan is the CEO and co-founder of R-Zero, the first biosafety technology company dedicated to creating safer, healthier shared indoor spaces. Founded to help organizations protect the people they serve, R-Zero develops the most effective and innovative disinfection technologies, reducing the spread of all infectious diseases in the built environment. As CEO, Grant leads the evolution of the company’s biosafety platform, which combines space utilization sensor technology, AI, ML and IoT connected hardware - powering the intelligent, healthy workplace of the future. Today, R-Zero’s technologies are actively enabling safer, healthier indoor environments for Fortune 500s, NBA and NFL teams, hotels, restaurants, healthcare and over 800 schools across the country. Prior to R-Zero, Grant was a founding member and VP Product & Engineering at iCracked - an on-demand technical services company, acquired by Allstate in 2019. Early in his career, he led the development of multiple breakthrough medical devices at Abbott.
Managing Partner & Co-Founder
Gavin Myers is Co-Founder and Managing Partner at Prudence, a global, early-stage Proptech venture capital firm. Mr. Myers currently serves on the Board of Directors at Properly, Casafari, Morty, Hemlane, Salus and CREXi (observer). Before co-founding Prudence in 2009, Mr. Myers worked at Sun Capital Partners focused on middle market private equity as well as Credit Suisse and Goldman Sachs. He received a BA in Political Science from Yale University and an MBA in Finance from Columbia Business School.
Head of Partnerships
Lowe's Innovation Labs
Ross Neumann is Head of Partnerships for Lowe's Innovation Labs, where he helps build the future of home improvement retail by developing new capabilities with startups and the wider global technology ecosystem.
Previously Ross worked in media, most recently at VICE where he ran the emerging social platforms team. Ross graduated with a B.A. in Communication Studies from Northwestern University. He is based in Brooklyn, NY.
Alex is a reporter at Insider writing about real estate, the built world, and how technology and material conditions are changing the buildings we spend our time in. He's written about this world since the summer of 2019, and previously studied at the Columbia School of Journalism.
Scale Venture Partners
Alex joined Scale as Principal in 2013, responsible for sourcing investments in DroneDeploy and Forter. A Partner since 2017, Alex focuses on early investments in vertical software markets where incumbents have lagged in advanced technology offerings, as seen by investments in KeepTruckin (2017, BoD), Root Insurance (2018), Scout RFP (2019), Proxy (2020, BoD), Spruce (2020, BoD), and Proscia (2020, BoD). KeepTruckin is one of the fastest growing SaaS companies of all time; Workday acquired Scout RFP in 2019 for $540M; and Root completed its IPO in 2020. He has written for TechCrunch and been profiled in Business Insider, Forbes, and Silicon Valley Business Journal.
Chief Sustainability Evangelist
As the Vice President of Sustainability at Real Page, Mary's goal is to revolutionize sustainability for the multifamily industry. She helps people leverage efficiency programs and vet technology to improve, enhance, and change the world. Mary's prior role was the director of ancillary services at Prometheus Real Estate Group, Inc. where she improved NOI for 18 years. She managed utility and waste expense plus ancillary income for over 12,000 units; working directly with vendors, clients, and properties to reduce waste consumption, increase revenue and ensure compliance with State, County and City requirements. She is the founding member and the first President of UMAdvisory. She holds two Bachelor of Arts degrees from the University of California at Berkeley, a certificate in Energy Resource Management the University of California at Davis, is a True Waste Advisor (USGBC) and is a Certified Green Multifamily Building Operator Professional with the Building Performance Institute, Inc.
Managing Partner & Co-Founder
Jordan Nof is a Co-Founder and Managing Partner at Tusk Venture Partners L.P. and is a member of the firm’s Investment Committee. He has led many of the firm’s investments including Lemonade, Bird, and Sunday. He currently serves on the board of directors of Sunday, Alma, and Wheel.
Prior to Tusk Venture Partners, Jordan spent six years as a Director at Blackstone, where he focused on the development of the firm’s corporate venture capital portfolio. During that time, Jordan focused on investing in early-stage technology companies that could accelerate operations across Blackstone and the firm’s underlying portfolio companies. He led Blackstone’s first real estate technology investment and worked within the Innovations team to execute investments in financial technology and cyber-security startups.
Before joining Blackstone, Jordan spent four years in the institutional investment management division at AllianceBernstein. During that time, he worked with many of the firm’s largest global institutional sub-advisory relationships.
Zach joined Foundation in 2014. He’s interested in all things fintech, more specifically helping drive fundamental product innovation in financial services markets across the globe. Zach has spent most of his career in this pursuit, here are some of his stops along the way:
All told Zach spent eight years at Capital One. He made many tiny contributions to their credit card, auto finance, and retail banking business lines. Zach helped the company acquire $20B in retail bank market cap across two acquisitions (Hibernia and North Fork) and nearly acquire Netspend Financial. He led the almost-launch of a network of Capital One Loan Stores but the mortgage crisis had other ideas.
Back when fintech used to be called “financial services-enabled technology,” Zach was an investor at North Hill Ventures, a subsidiary of Capital One. Some of their investments included the operator of Zelle (Early Warning), a paycard issuer (FSV Payment Systems, acquired by US Bank), digital gift card processor (Cashstar, acquired by Blackhawk), and reverse mortgage originator. They also passed on Credit Karma’s Series A :-( He once tried to escape fintech by writing a monstrous report about the On-Demand Economy. He wasn’t successful.
Beyond that, Zach has a BS in Economics from Stanford University and an MBA from the MIT Sloan School of Management. He’s currently trying to get good at tennis again and enjoys over-analyzing television.
CEO & Co-Founder
Robert is the co-founder of Haven Coliving, a health and wellness coliving community, and is responsible for running all facets of the business. Prior to Haven, Robert was the CEO of Quarry, a matching service for construction equipment. Robert started his career in JPMorgan’s Tech M&A group and worked in Montgomery & Co’s M&A group prior to entrepreneurship. He earned his BS in finance and accounting at SMU.
CEO & Founder
Taylor leads the NavigatorSRVS and CRE technical team with a focus on building the ultimate industry platform for data analytics and systems integration. Taylor invented and oversees the core development of the Navigator platform services and enlightens the market of the most leading-edge software services and practices to enhance the CRE industry. He started developing innovative technology applications while gaining a Real Estate and Finance degree from USC. A 14 year CRE Veteran who ran national research teams as well as oversaw billions in transactions as a VP, Capital Markets for a large national CRE Brokerage. Over the past decade he has refined best practices for data visualization and property research, and systems integrations for CRE, Finance, Healthcare and Government. Taylor serves on Forbes’ CRE Prop-Tech National Advisory Board.
CEO & Co-Founder
As CEO of Versatile, Meirav is a visionary leader who brings passion, collaboration, and a never-quit attitude to everything she does. Before co-founding Versatile, she spent 10 years at Intel, spearheading BizOps and financial services, leading international projects with multicultural teams. She leads the Tel Aviv chapter of the Society for Construction Solutions (SCS). Under her leadership, Versatile became the first construction technology firm named a Technology Pioneer by the World Economic Forum. Meirav holds multiple degrees, including an Executive MBA, LL.M, and a BA in Economics & Management, and is a former Lieutenant of the Israeli Air Force.
CEO & Co-Founder`
John Passonen is the co-founder and CEO of Maxwell, a leading technology company dedicated to transforming mortgage origination for the lenders serving America’s communities. As CEO, John ensures that all of Maxwell’s capabilities deliver results for the hundreds of lenders that use Maxwell every day. John has been recognized by the industry, including HousingWire’s ‘Rising Star’ award in 2019, Tech Trendsetter award in 2020, Progress in Lendings ‘Thought Leadership Award’ in 2020, and many more. Prior to Maxwell, John led corporate strategy for PayPal’s payments, credit, and North American businesses, following a 20-year career in financial services.
Nish Patel is a Managing Partner at Inertia Ventures. His primary responsibilities include directing Inertia’s investment strategy and overseeing the firm’s relationships for Inertia’s various co-investment programs. Throughout his career, Nish has been involved in the acquisition and financing of transactions valued in excess of $2 billion across product types. Mr. Patel currently sits on the Board of Directors for Snappt, Fyxt, Beem, Tour24, and Spotter.
Prior to his focus on early-stage PropTech, Mr. Patel worked as a real estate investment banker at HFF in Los Angeles and in M&A advisory at RBC Capital Markets in New York.
Dayu Dara Permata
CEO & Founder
Dara is CEO & Founder of Pinhome, a startup at the intersection of proptech & fintech in Indonesia with the mission to make property more accessible for better livelihood & financial inclusion. Pinhome is pioneering an e-commerce platform for property transactions in Indonesia to enable seamless discovery & delivery of ownership of properties. Dara started her career working in the telecommunication sector, spent 4 years at McKinsey & was part of early 15 management team of Gojek, one of SEA’s largest tech ventures, before launching Pinhome in 2020.
Nathan is the Commercial AR/VR Lead at Lenovo, leading the global go-to-market strategy for AR & VR hardware and software. Nathan is the Co-Founder of the Real Estate Technology Association and the Founder & President of the VR/AR Association (VRARA) - the largest global trade org for VR and AR. Nathan has been featured on CNBC, The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, USA Today, Bloomberg and TechCrunch.
CEO & Founder
Federico is the CEO of Fabrica. Based in San Francisco, Fabrica makes real estate programmable by turning real estate properties into digital assets (NFTs) on Ethereum. The company has successfully tokenized hundreds of properties in the land segment across several states, with a unique approach that allows real estate professionals to close transactions within minutes, in a fully digital way.
Federico started his career at a young age and has pursued innovation as an entrepreneur, manager and angel investor for over 20 years. He founded tonight.eu: the leading website in Europe about restaurants and nightlife, bootstrapping the company from idea to millions of users, profitability and international expansion. As Innovation Manager at Vodafone he kicked off large strategic initiatives and redesigned the Innovation Process, bridging the gap between the Corporate and the Startup worlds.
General Partner & Founder
Nine Four Ventures
Kurt Ramirez is a founder and general partner at Nine Four Ventures, a Chicago-based PropTech fund that invests in technology companies that impact the people, processes, and ecosystems that interact with the built
world. Kurt and Nine Four are actively investing in companies that are creating new markets, business models, products, and services that target every phase of an asset’s lifecycle (development and construction through renovation) and spans asset classes (multifamily,
residential, office, industrial, etc.).
CEO & Founder
Olivia Ramos is the founder and CEO of Deepblocks, artificial intelligence software, unlocking the development potential of any property. Singularity University graduate, a participant in the DARPA Innovation House, holds a master’s degree in Architecture from Columbia University and a second master's degree in Real Estate Development from the University of Miami.
VP, Strategy & Production
Cooper is a Vice President at TrueRate primarily supporting the TrueRate mortgage brokerage platform. His responsibilities include assisting in the construction and oversight of the TrueRate online platform and facilitating lending relationships. Additionally, Cooper works to generate new borrower relationships in the multifamily lending space. Prior to joining TrueRate Services LLC, Cooper was an originations analyst on the top producing originations team at Greystone. At Greystone, Cooper focused on the sizing, underwriting, and package submission of over $7B of HUD, Fannie Mae, and Freddie Mac multifamily loans. He worked closely with multifamily borrowers, mortgage brokers, underwriters, and Agency producers to facilitate closings across all multifamily loan products. Cooper is a graduate of Colgate University with a BA in Economics and Philosophy.
Nick Romito is the Chief Executive Officer of VTS. Nick started his career in commercial real estate over a decade ago as a tenant rep and landlord broker at New York City’s Murray Hill Properties. There, he expanded the U.S. presence of international companies while supporting the growth of the firm’s 8-million square-foot office portfolio. Nick went on to AM Properties, where he oversaw a 3-million square-foot office portfolio, before becoming the founder and CEO of Titan Advisors in 2009. While leading Titan, a full-service commercial real estate firm, Nick realized the need in the industry for a technology platform that could centralize leasing activity, analytics, and marketing.
Aaron Ru is a Vice President at RET Ventures. Prior to RET Ventures, Aaron worked as an investment professional at Naspers Ventures, where he invested in early and growth stage technology companies. Before joining Naspers Ventures, Aaron executed M&A transactions and strategic initiatives at Pinterest and United Talent Agency. He began his career as an investment banker with UBS. Aaron has an MBA from Harvard Business School, as well as a BS in Business Administration from UC Berkeley. Outside of work, Aaron enjoys skiing, traveling, and helping his golden retriever find the best swim spots in Park City.
CEO & Co-Founder
Mike Rudoy is the co-founder and CEO of Jetty, the financial services platform for the rental real estate market. Jetty is on a mission to make renting a home more affordable and flexible. Mike started his career as a management consultant at the strategy firm Diamond Management & Technology Consultants. In 2009, Mike co-founded Big Live, a venture-backed live video platform. In 2014, Mike co-founded Breadhouse, a consultancy servicing high-growth start-ups. Mike graduated from Princeton University with a B.S. in International Politics.
Head of Client Engagement
As Head of Client Engagement, Jon is responsible for all direct and indirect sales efforts, strategic partnerships, and business development strategies to drive adoption of the Dottid platform. Jon brings to the position a successful track record of more than thirteen years in business development, focused on building and executing long-term business strategies that lead to company growth and customer satisfaction.
Prior to joining Dottid, Jon most recently oversaw US sales for ProDeal, a CRE PropTech SaaS company. Rydberg’s successful career as a technology sales executive also includes results-oriented roles at Expesite (now Accruent), Intuitive Surgical, Robert Half Technology, Cisco and a Microsoft global ISV partner, AvePoint. In these roles, Jon enjoyed partnering with Fortune 500 clients in their digital transformation initiatives and shifting from vendor to trusted advisor in his client relationships.
New Valley Ventures
At New Valley Ventures, Dan invests strategically in emerging proptech companies that align with a network of sister-companies held by Vector Group LTD, including the luxury real estate brokerage Douglas Elliman. The portfolio of proptech firms now represents everything from agent software to luxury home management to the electric vehicle charging space. Dan has been in a corporate venture capital role for over 7 years, after many more years in the start-up and technology world. Dan is based in Miami, Florida where New Valley Ventures operates out of Vector Group’s headquarters.
CEO & Co-Founder
Dareen is the Co-Founder and CEO of Gryps, a seed stage startup in NYC. Gryps builds digital robots to connect and augment data from construction systems and provide decision makers with the fastest access to information. Dareen is also an industry advisor to Columbia University's Global Leaders in Construction Management Program.
Dareen was the Director of Technical Services at Lehrer LLC, leading the implementation of innovative technologies for $1B+ projects and programs in New York City. Dareen was also the Deputy Project Controls Manager at STV, Inc. Notable projects that Dareen contributed to are LaGuardia Airport Redevelopment Program and the Javits Convention Center Expansion. She was also a visiting Assistant Professor at Pratt Institute in New York City. Prior to her career in New York, Dareen was a structural engineer at Dar Al-Handasah Consultants in Cairo.
Dareen is completed her MBA at Harvard Business School in 2020. Dareen is a founding Member of New York Society of Construction Solutions (technology focused industry group), an active member of CMAA, and an associate member of ASCE. Prior to business school she served as the co-chair of the CMAA National Emerging Technologies Committee.
CEO & Co-Founder
L.D. has extensive experience founding, advising, and investing in leading private technology companies. Prior to founding Cherre, L.D. served as Executive Director of Oppenheimer’s Private Shares Group, after Oppenheimer acquired Greencrest Capital, a firm he co-founded to enable pre-IPO transactions in some of the largest private technology companies in the world, including Facebook, twitter, and Uber. Prior to that L.D. served as the Principal of Knight Capital Group’s Private Equity Fund, and previously as a captain in the Israeli Army. L.D. earned his MBA in Finance from the University of Pennsylvania Wharton School, and is a Joseph Wharton Merit Scholar. L.D. also holds a B.A., LL.B., and LL.M. in finance and International Law from IDC Herzliya.
CEO & Co-Founder
Marcela Sapone is the co-founder and CEO of Alfred. As CEO, Marcela leads the company in its mission to make help a universal utility in every home and redefine city living. Alongside her co-founder, Jessica Beck, she holds the distinction of presenting the first women-led company to win first prize at the TechCrunch Disrupt SF Startup Battlefield competition. She writes and speaks frequently on principled leadership, human-centered technology, and her commitment to being a steward of good jobs and meaningful work. One of the first founders in the sharing economy to advocate for fairly compensating service workers by hiring them as W-2 employees instead of freelance contractors, she has worked with the U.S. Department of Labor and the White House under the administration of President Barack Obama, as well as The Brookings Institute and The Aspen Institute’s Economic Opportunities and Financial Security program. Her writing has appeared in Forbes, Quartz, and Recode, among other publications.
Named one of Goldman Sachs’s “most intriguing entrepreneurs,” Marcela has been nominated for the Financial Times’ ArcelorMittal Boldness in Business Award, included in Fast Company’s Most Creative People list, and featured as the face of Consumer Tech in Forbes 30 Under 30.
CEO & Co-Founder
Paraag Sarva is the CEO & Co-Founder of Rhino and a builder of products and services that give renters a more affordable way to live in the homes they want. Since its founding in 2016, Rhino has made it a mission to replace cash security deposits with low-cost, affordable insurance. The product is now offered in over 1 million homes across the United States.
CEO & Co-Founder
Jonathan Scherr is the co-Founder and CEO of Juno, a vertically integrated real estate platform focused on bringing precision, sustainability, and quality design apartment development to cities around the world. He received his undergraduate degree from Dartmouth, his MBA from Harvard Business School and his MPP from Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government. He sits on Dartmouth’s Alumni council and loves skiing, backpacking, and watching The Great British Baking Show with his wife Kat at their home in San Francisco.
CEO & Founder
A technologist and social entrepreneur from the age of 19, Shana has built businesses designed to positively impact people’s lives through access to disruptive technologies. In 2017 she partnered with Hartford's fortune 500 companies to build Upward Hartford - a technology hub which sprouted a local startup ecosystem and became the home of local and global innovators. In 2018 she launched Upward Labs in partnership with the State of CT and twenty-five CT based enterprises as an engine to help global startups in PropTech, IoT, RetailTech, InsurTech and HealthTech fast track their growth into the US by collaborating correctly with large and small enterprises. Upward Labs has invested in 33 startups thus far and is now expanding its partnerships with enterprises across the country.
Adam is an Investor at A/O PropTech where he focuses on the entire PropTech ecosystem including innovative business models and new technologies spanning the commercial, residential, and hospitality real estate, and construction verticals and is passionate about accelerating global decarbonization.
Before joining A/O PropTech, Adam was a Manager in EY’s Transaction Real Estate Advisory group in New York City as a transaction and strategy consultant specializing in the hospitality & leisure and commercial real estate industries. Adam worked with a wide range of institutional clients including real estate developers, investors, operators, lenders, start-ups, and governments related to transaction, operation, and growth strategy initiatives.
Adam received a Bachelor of Science in Hotel Administration from the School of Hotel Administration at Cornell University and graduated with a concentration in finance and accounting and a minor in real estate. Adam also serves on the board of UJA’s Young Hospitality Division and is a member of the Young Hospitality Investment Professionals and Cornell Hotel Society of New York City and London.
CEO & Co-Founder
Tyler is the Founder & CEO of Saltbox, a venture-backed startup building co-warehousing workspace for the millions of entrepreneurs that operate in the world of physical commerce and need warehouse space but don’t want to surrender their expectations of modern flexibility, comfort, and convenience. Saltbox provides purpose-built, highly functional micro-warehousing facilities complemented by traditional co-working and community spaces that members can feel proud to call home. He also serves as Chairman of True Glory Brands, a leading e-commerce retailer of multicultural hair and beauty products.
President & Co-Founder
As the President of Openpath, James runs day-to-day operations across all business functions, corporate strategy, enterprise partnerships, and business development. A serial entrepreneur, James has built and sold three successful technology companies (EdgeCast Networks, KnowledgeBase and Virtualis) over the past 17 years. While at Edgecast, James helped to build the company’s global network to carry more than seven percent of global internet traffic. Prior to Edgecast, James built KnowledgeBase into a profitable, industry-leading company that was ranked by Forrester as the Industry Leader in eService. James received the E&Y's 2014 Entrepreneur of the Year award for the greater Los Angeles area, is an investor in and advisor to tech startups and VC/PE funds, and is active in various community and philanthropic organizations.
CEO & Co-Founder
Hemant Shah is Co-Founder and CEO of Archipelago, a data risk platform that uses AI to digitize risk for large property owners to increase resiliency and lower their cost of risk. Previously, he Co-Founded Risk Management Solutions (RMS) as a graduate student at Stanford University, and led RMS until 2018, building the market-leading risk modeling firm serving the global insurance industry. Hemant is passionate about risk and resiliency, and serves on the Board of the social venture Build Change.
Alex focuses on identifying, investing in and helping to build innovative and impactful early-stage companies. He is currently a board observer at Casted, Mint House, MemberSuite, and Resolute AI and formerly at Homesnap (acquired by CoStar) and eSUB. Alex sits on the Innovation and Technology Council of the Urban Land Institute, focused on exploring technology-driven solutions within real estate, and is also an active supporter and mentor for the Endeavor and Johns Hopkins Technology Ventures FastForward startup and company incubation programs.
Prior to joining Revolution Ventures, Alex was an Associate in the Consumer Investment Banking Group at Raymond James & Associates. While at Raymond James, Alex advised numerous industry-leading consumer product, retail, e-commerce and restaurant companies in mergers and acquisitions and capital markets transactions.
Alex received his B.A. in International Studies with a minor in Economics and Entrepreneurship and Management from the Johns Hopkins University with Phi Beta Kappa honors as well as a M.A. in International Finance and International Law from the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS).
Kevin leads the NavigatorSRVS and CRE operations & deployments teams with a focus on enterprise client success, scaling Navigator across the industry. He holds a BA in Economics from The University of Texas, an MBA in Finance and Entrepreneurship from Southern Methodist University, and an Executive Certificate in Machine Learning from MIT. Prior to joining Navigator, Kevin’s 16-year career includes positions at Deloitte, EY, and Morgan Stanley. Kevin is recognized as one of the leading commercial real estate tech executives in the industry and a noted speaker, author and blogger within the growing Proptech sector. He has spoken at conferences around the world on next-generation real estate technologies.
Judah Siegal is a Senior Vice President at Brookfield Asset Management, responsible for sourcing, executing, and managing technology-enabled investments at Brookfield Technology Partners. Judah joined Brookfield in 2012 and has held several roles across the organization, including involvement in real estate and technology investments. Judah holds a Bachelor of Science in Economics from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. Prior to joining Brookfield, Judah worked in Citigroup’s Investment Banking Division.
CEO & Founder
After experiencing the burdensome home-closing process first-hand, Max Simkoff was determined to make buying a home better for as many people as possible. With that goal in mind, in 2016, Max took a leap of faith and founded Doma (NYSE: DOMA), a technology company that leverages machine learning to disrupt the 1890’s-based home closing process and provide an innovative solution to homeowners, lenders, title agents, and real estate professionals.
A true believer in the power of technology and data, Doma is actually Max’s second technology company. Max was Founder and CEO of Evolv, Inc., an enterprise predictive analytics software company, which he led through their acquisition by Cornerstone (NASDAQ: CSOD) in 2014. Following the acquisition, Max served on the senior executive team as the Vice President of Strategic Initiatives.
Max sits on the boards for Keystone Strategy, a strategy and economics consulting firm, and JVS (Jewish Vocational Service), a job training nonprofit. Max is an angel investor and advisor to the founders of multiple companies including Carefull, Philz Coffee, Homebase and Intricately.
CEO & Co-Founder
Ryan Simonetti is the CEO and co-founder of Convene, the premium work experience platform with 23 meeting, event, and workplace locations, and a virtual and hybrid meetings product. His unique expertise in real estate acquisitions, development, and structured finance has helped catapult Convene to become a pioneer in the commercial real estate industry.
Ryan co-founded Convene in 2009 with the intention of disrupting the commercial real estate industry and transforming the workplace experience by capitalizing on converging trends in real estate, technology, and hospitality. His vision - to infuse hotel-style services into meetings, events and flexible office spaces - has been Convene’s guiding force for the last 12 years, during which they have expanded to 23 locations across the US and UK.
With Ryan at the helm, Convene has raised $462M in funding to date, and has been named one of America’s 100 Most Promising Companies by Forbes and a Best Workplace by both Inc. and Fortune Magazine. Ryan has been recognized for his transformative achievements on Real Estate Forum’s 50 Under 40 list, Inc. Magazine’s “30 Under 30,” a list of America’s Most Promising Young Entrepreneurs, was named “Top Entrepreneur” by Crain’s New York, and a finalist in Ernst & Young’s Entrepreneur of the Year® New York Awards.
Ryan, the first in his family to attend college, graduated from Villanova University, where he developed the concepts for and ran several “start-up” companies designed for students. His professional career began as a real estate banking analyst in the global real estate group at Lehman Brothers, where he focused on the structuring and securitization of commercial mortgage-backed securities. Following Lehman Brothers, Ryan joined Gramercy Capital Corp. as a vice president where he was responsible for the restructuring of a billion dollar loan portfolio including $600 million of hospitality related real estate investments.
JLL Spark Venture Fund
Raj is Managing Partner of JLL Spark Venture Fund, the corporate venture capital group of Jones Lang LaSalle, focused on strategic proptech investments. Previously he was interim Co-Head, and Managing Director, Head of Investments at JetBlue Technology Ventures, the CVC of JetBlue Airways.
Earlier, he was CEO and co-founder of London-based Sooqini, an on-demand economy task delegator for small businesses. As a GP and co-founder of Pervasive Technology Ventures, and also as a Principal for the New York-based VC arm of Investcorp, Raj sourced, negotiated and closed investments in tech start-ups. Raj holds an MBA from INSEAD, and a BS in Computing Science from Imperial College
Evangelist & Consultant
Institutional Real Estate Technology
Jackson was the first Real Estate Tech Innovations Operator in the world. He started at San Francisco's largest multifamily owner/operator (Veritas Investments) and most recently led Real Estate Tech Strategy and VC investing at Starwood Capital.
Managing Partner & Co-Founder
With a 20+ year proven track record in venture capital, corporate venture, corporate development, M&A and corporate strategy, Gideon co-founded Greensoil Investments in 2012. He also leads the Greensoil Ag & Food Tech Fund. Prior to starting Greensoil, Gideon founded and managed GMS Capital, a boutique investment bank, where he worked with several companies on fundraising, M&A and global business development strategy. Earlier, Gideon led global M&A for one of the divisions at Phillips, where as a Senior Director, he managed deals valued at over $1.5B.
Alison is the CFO of Fundrise, the leading direct to investor digital platform for real estate investing with a mission of empowering the individual investor. Fundrise manages over $1.5 billion in individual investor capital and has invested more than $5.7 billion of real estate since its 2012 founding. Prior to joining Fundrise, Alison was the Chief Accountant of the Division of Investment Management at the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. Alison spent the first decade of her career as an auditor at KPMG LLP.
CEO & Founder
Basil has over 20 years of real estate experience including acquisitions, sales, asset management and finance from luxury home sales at Hilton & Hyland to senior credit positions at Basis, a FreddieMac multifamily lender and PennyMac, an NYSE-listed REIT. Prior to this, Basil led trade & investment for several multinational corporations based in Hong Kong and Indonesia and served as an Honorary Consul facilitating trade development in Eastern Europe, Asia Pacific and Africa. He started his career in investment banking at JP Morgan and Morgan Stanley and holds a degree from USC Marshall School of Business with concentration in Finance and International Business. In addition to English, Basil speaks Russian, Ukrainian, German and Chinese. Basil is also an Ambassador-At-Large of the Republic of Guinea-Bissau, advocating United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and draws on his real estate and diplomatic experience to promote development of sustainable housing and the establishment of Public-Private Partnerships to achieve this goal. Basil lives in Beverly Hills and is an avid traveler and explorer.
CEO & Co-Founder
Josh created Sundae to help homeowners get a better outcome when selling off-market. With a career at the intersection of technology and residential real estate, he’s seen first hand the opportunity to create a new type of business that wins by doing the right thing for the seller.
Throughout the years his primary focus was buying, renovating, and selling homes as well as bridge lending. Former Founding Partner and SVP of Sales at LendingHome where he raised $150M in venture funding.
Josh graduated with honors from Stanford with a BA in Economics, BA in Spanish, and an MA in Latin American Studies with a focus in Economic Policy.
President & Co-Founder
Rodrigo Sánchez-Ríos is the co-founder and president of La Haus, the proptech market leader in Mexico and Colombia that enables 100 percent online real estate transactions. The company launched in 2017 with the goal of making homeownership more accessible in Latin America where lack of infrastructure and access to transparent information can impede people's ability to buy homes.
Rodrigo founded La Haus with Jerónimo Uribe, Tomás Uribe, and Santiago Garcia. Jerónimo Uribe and Tomas Uribe met Rodrigo at Stanford University. Prior to La Haus they started and ran Jaguar Capital, a Colombian real estate development company with over $350 million of completed retail and residential projects.
Rodrigo is from Tijuana, Mexico. He holds a degree in electrical engineering and computer science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and an MBA from Stanford University. Previously, Rodrigo worked for Lehman Brothers as an investment banking analyst and for Lindsay Goldberg as a private equity associate.
Head of Real Estate Operations
Jesse Tepedino is the Head of Real Estate Operations at Landis, a venture-backed startup making homeownership more accessible by helping renters transition into homeowners. He began his real estate career working on commercial and residential transactions at a top-ranked New Jersey law firm. Thereafter, he spent time at a national homebuilder managing land acquisitions in their Northeast Division. He joined Landis as their first dedicated real estate employee and currently oversees real estate acquisitions, property management, operations, and strategy across 11 states, with plans for future expansion. He is a graduate of Villanova University and Rutgers School of Law.
SVP Corporate Development
Alexandre Tilmant heads Corporate Development at Blueprint Power, an NYC-based energy technology company. Blueprint Power advises leading real estate owners in the deployment of distributed energy resources. Blueprint Power’s suite of data-driven, machine-learning tools automates the management, aggregation, orchestration, and market transactions of energy assets across real estate portfolios. Mr. Tilmant has over 25 years of experience in global energy markets. He advises investors and entrepreneurs on energy transition, distributed energy resources, and sustainable energy infrastructure strategies. Previously, Mr. Tilmant founded and led BNP Paribas’ private equity investments in the Energy sector, committing over $500 million in capital to c.50 investments. Mr. Tilmant has a Master's Degree in International Management from HEC Paris.
Sr. Industry Manager
Aubrey "Brey" Tucker is an Enabler, Technologist, International BIM Speaker, Author, University Lecturer, and Revit Expert with an extensive career with skyscrapers, hospitals, schools, airports and technology implementation for architects, engineers, and contractors. He's a Senior Industry Manager at Autodesk, where he focuses on global Project Delivery strategy, Common Data Environments, BIM and ISO compliance and the data thread that ties many of Autodesk's cloud and desktop offerings together.
He's been using VR for a decade and AR since HoloLens; loves thinking about what the next immersive interfaces will be, and how design can be experienced digitally. His XR interests were a part of what got him into corporate innovative technology planning in previous roles where he investigated many potential business adoptions of emerging technology like data visualization from siloed data, quantum computing for transportation, AI-object recognition & inference, computational/automated design and many others.
Brey resides in Vancouver, British Columbia. He is additionally a part of the Digital Twin Consortium, VRARA, Detroit-Volterra Foundation, UBC SALA, CANBIM and BuildingSMART Canada.
CEO & Founder
Drew Uher is the Founder and CEO of HomeLight, the real estate technology platform transforming the home buying and selling process for home buyers, sellers, and top real estate agents across the United States. Under his leadership, HomeLight has been recognized as one of the fastest growing companies in North America by Deloitte, one of America’s Best Startups by Forbes, and a best place to work by both Inc. Magazine and the San Francisco Business Times. He holds a BA in Management Information Systems from Texas A&M University, as well as an MBA from Stanford.
Vik is the GM at Blueprint. He is also an active residential real estate developer & value-add multifamily investor. He is a student and an admirer of the built environment, and the ways it being transformed by technology. He has also worked as an advisor to teams at both amazing startups and the worlds largest companies to help create new businesses. He is among the most tested executives in areas of uncertainty, having built product and sales teams under conditions of turnaround, political hostility, and very tight resources.
He sold Clothes Horse, a software company he founded in 2011 (now part of Rakuten). Retailers who work with Clothes Horse are able to use a ton of data and cutting-edge technology to put the right fit in front of their shoppers, and experience material business benefits. Prior, Vik helped build an analytics and data products business (~$40MM+) at American Express. He’s published two books, Inspired (Wiley) and Mechanized(KDP). Vik graduated with honors from Columbia University with a degree in Biomedical Engineering.
CEO & Co-Founder
Assaf Wand is the co-founder and CEO of insurtech startup Hippo. Based in Palo Alto, CA, Hippo has reimagined home insurance through the lens of homeowners – building policies with more comprehensive coverage for today's consumers at up to 25% less than competitors. The high-growth company is valued at more than $1 billion and has expanded its footprint to offer products to more than half of the US homeowner population in less than 2 years. Prior to Hippo, Wand was founder and CEO of Sabi, which designed and produced elegant everyday products (Sabi was acquired in 2015), a consultant with McKinsey & Company and an investor with Intel Capital. He has an MBA from the University of Chicago and a BA in finance and LLB in Law from the IDC Herzliya in Israel.
Chief Real Estate Officer
Peter Weiss is the Chief Real Estate Officer at Latch, where he is in charge of educating the real estate community about Latch, co-leading the business organization, and driving top of funnel leads to fuel Latch’s growth. Throughout his career, Peter has been actively involved as principal and advisor in complex commercial real estate transactions in excess of $3 Billion.
As the first real estate executive at Latch, Peter has built a business unit tasked with external education, business development initiatives, and lead generation. In addition, he focuses on raising strategic capital, and helping Latch to expand into new verticals. Since joining in 2018, he has developed relationships with the most senior stakeholders at Latch’s largest customers, resulting in more than $200 million in pipeline. His expertise has also helped win several of the largest deals in Latch history totaling more than $75 million of booked revenue.
Prior to joining Latch, Peter was a Managing Director at Ackman-Ziff Real Estate Group, a real estate capital advisory company, where he led strategic capital allocation efforts for many of the country's largest real estate firms. Before Ackman-Ziff, Peter served as the Chief Investment Officer at Capital Properties where he led the firm’s acquisitions, finance, joint venture pursuits, fund raising, as well as the firm’s day-to-day asset management efforts.
Based at The LAB Miami in Wynwood, South Florida’s original co-working space, Tigre runs LAB Ventures, an early-stage investor in PropTech startups. Their startup studio has created and scaled businesses such as Expetitle, Beycome, and Lumi Living. Tigre and his partners also recently launched the LAB PropTech Fund, a venture capital fund targeting technology companies that serve the Real Estate and Construction industries.
Having invested in more than three dozen startups, Tigre is an active angel investor and a mentor to local emerging technology companies. He serves on the board of Miami Angels, the leading angel investor network in Florida, and the advisory board for the University of Miami’s Master of Real Estate Development + Urbanism (MRED+U) program.
Prior to his position at LAB Miami Ventures, Tigre joined Open English as its Founding CFO in 2009, helping to grow the company from commercial launch to over $50M in annual revenues while creating a massive consumer brand in Latin America. Under Tigre’s leadership, Open English raised more than $120M of Venture Capital in four rounds of investment from firms including Redpoint, Insight, and Technology Crossover Ventures.
Tigre began his career as a strategy consultant with The Boston Consulting Group, where he spent 16 years working across multiple industries in the US, Spain and Latin America. He holds a B.A. in International Relations from Stanford University and is fluent in Spanish and English.
Heather spearheads Building Ventures’ investment activities within the real estate and real estate tech (i.e., PropTech) community. Joining the firm in early 2019, she brings more than fifteen years of tech and startup operating leadership to the BV investment team. Before joining Building Ventures, Heather led the Product, Customer and Brand Marketing functions at SaaS startup WordStream (acquired by Gannett in 2018). Prior to WordStream, she held product management and marketing leadership positions at Boston startup ownerIQ (acquired by Inmar) and Fortune 50 Express Scripts (acquired by Cigna).
In her role as Principal, Heather sources and evaluates investment opportunities in the operate and experience phases of the building lifecycle. Additionally, she advises portfolio companies leveraging her years of experience in developing and bringing tech products to market. She works closely with the founding teams at Canoa, Dandelion, enVerid, Envoy, GoContractor, Join.build, and Join Digital.
Heather is actively involved in the building tech community through organizations including CREtech, Nexus Labs Pro Community, Real Innovation Community, Boston Build Tech, and Women In PropTech. She is also active in the broader venture and startup ecosystem as a member of All Raise (VC Champion Selectee); as a volunteer and mentor at organizations including MIT designX and MassChallenge; as well as at her almae matres Boston College (BA) Washington University in St. Louis (MBA). Heather works and resides in Boston.
CEO & Co-Founder
Mike is the CEO and C0-Founder of DroneDeploy - the leading software platform for commercial drones. DroneDeploy's software is used by 5,000+ customers in 180+ countries, performing 1M+ flights/year. The company focuses on large enterprise use-cases, operating fleets of up to 500 drones, across some of the world's biggest companies, in energy, construction and agriculture. Prior to DroneDeploy Mike worked at Google in both sales and engineering teams. Mike studied Economics and Applied Math at Rhodes University, where he met his two cofounders, Jono and Nick, both of which did their PhDs in Machine Learning at University of Cambridge and Edinburgh.
Ms. Wong joined Tishman Speyer in 2015. Jenny Wong has extensive industry experience with a strong focus on Proptech opportunities. Since 2015, Ms. Wong has served as Managing Director, Innovation, at Tishman Speyer. She leads Tishman Speyer’s innovation platform and the firm’s Proptech Venture investment activities. In her role at Tishman Speyer, Ms. Wong has acted as the development lead on MIRA, a condominium development in San Francisco, and led Northern California asset management. Ms. Wong also serves as Chief Investment Officer and Director of Tishman Speyer Innovation II, a position she has held since November 2020. She previously served as Chief Investment Officer and Director of TS Innovation Acquisitions. In addition to her work with Tishman Speyer, Ms. Wong is a frequent speaker at numerous conferences on the impact of Proptech in real estate. Prior to joining Tishman Speyer, Ms. Wong was a consultant for McKinsey & Company in New York. She is a member of the Urban Land Institute’s Innovation Council. Ms. Wong received an A.B. magna cum laude, and graduated with an MBA from Harvard University, where she was a Baker Scholar.
John currently leads Ventures for Honeywell Building Technologies (HBT), which includes venture capital investment and partnerships. Previously, he was a Principal with NexStar Partners where he was focused on early stage VC investments in IoT and Connected / Autonomous Vehicles. Prior to that, he spent time at GE Digital, SoftBank, GE Capital and Exigen Capital.
CEO & Founder
Joseph is the Founder and CEO of Neighbor.com, a marketplace disrupting the $40 Billion self storage industry. Joseph has raised more than $65 million in funding with participation from the world’s top investors including Andreessen Horowitz and the creators of Airbnb, Uber, StockX, and DoorDash. Joseph and his team have grown Neighbor’s user base across all 50 states. Prior to Neighbor, he worked for Bain & Company, a global management consulting firm, Sorenson Capital, the largest private equity fund in Utah, and for the Senate Majority Leader in Washington D.C. Beyond Neighbor, Joseph loves spending time with his wife and four children.
Based in Palo Alto, Michael Yang is a Managing Partner with OMERS Ventures, a multi-stage trans-Atlantic venture firm that invests in proptech, insuretech, healthtech and B2B SaaS. Prior to joining OMERS Ventures, Michael was a Managing Director with Comcast Ventures and previously a VP/GM at Yahoo! for the Autos, Real Estate and Health units. Michael sits on the boards of Landed, Clearcover, Crunchbase, PeerWell and WithMe Health
Partner & Managing Director
Since joining RET Ventures as Partner in 2019, Chris has overseen much of the firm’s activity, including leading new investments, fundraising and providing guidance to RET’s growing portfolio of real estate technology companies. Prior to RET, Chris spent twelve years at global private equity firm TPG, where he led growth investments in tech-enabled companies and partnered closely with CEOs and entrepreneurs. He began his career as a consultant with McKinsey & Company. Chris has an MBA from the Stanford GSB as well as an AB in Economics and an SM in Computer Science from Harvard University.
CEO & Founder
Yaakov Zar is the founder and CEO of Lev, one of the nation’s fastest growing commercial mortgage brokerages. Lev helps commercial real estate owners and investors get the best financing for their properties by supercharging the industry’s leading capital markets advisors with machine learning and artificial intelligence tools.
Prior to starting Lev, Yaakov was a co-founder and Chief of Strategy at Dispatch, a workforce management platform for enterprise home service businesses, where he led product and sales to large accounts nationwide. In 2018, Vista Equity Partners acquired Dispatch.
Yaakov graduated from Boston University in 2012, with a focus in Entrepreneurship and lives with his wife and daughter in New York’s Lower East Side. Yaakov & Dassi Zar serve as Shluchim at Chabad House Bowery.